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[gal-uh-ree-uh] /ˌgæl əˈri ə/
a spacious passageway, court, or indoor mall, usually with a vaulted roof and lined with commercial establishments.
gallery (defs 7, 8, 9, 10).
Origin of galleria
1900-05; < Italian. See gallery Unabridged
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  • Always at night, and often in the afternoon, she walked in the galleria.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Why should not you and Vere come to dine at the Hotel, or in the galleria, with me?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The entrance is by a door on the left at the end of the galleria Lapidaria, which leads to the museum of statues.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The galleria dei Candelabri, 300 feet long, filled with small pieces of sculpture.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The monumental arch of the galleria Umberto faced him at the top of a noble flight of stairs.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The galleria impudently makes his home in the houses of bees, wild as well as domesticated.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The species may be easily distinguished by the shape of the wings, galleria alvearia having, as seen at Figs.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • He watched Celino and de Verceuil move toward the galleria, where the contessa's guests were playing games.

  • He steals into the galleria at night to meet Maria Fortunata!

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • With a black look at Simon, d'Ucello bowed to the old priest and left the galleria.

British Dictionary definitions for galleria


a central court through several storeys of a shopping centre or department store onto which shops or departments open at each level
Word Origin
C20: from Italian; see gallery
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Word Origin and History for galleria

Italian form of gallery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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